Post by Peter Watson-Wailes

A few people have put together lists of all the D&D backgrounds available, but mostly they're a bit disjointed, so I thought I'd spend a few minutes categorising them and then put up that sorted list here.

We've organised it in a few different ways - firstly by lists for areas of Skills, then by Languages, and after that, you'll find a complete list of every background by its source, along with references for each.

Lists by Skill

Acrobatics (DEX)

  • Entertainer
  • Gladiator

Animal Handling (WIS)

  • Folk Hero
  • Iron Route Bandit
  • Ticklebelly Nomad
  • Caravan Specialist

Arcana (INT)

  • Sage
  • Cloistered Scholar
  • Far Traveler
  • Knight of the Order
  • Haunted One

Athletics (STR)

  • Outlander
  • Pirate
  • Sailor
  • Soldier
  • City Watch
  • Mercenary Veteran
  • Uthgardt Tribe Member
  • Earthspur Miner
  • Harborfolk
  • Phlan Refugee
  • Initiate

Deception (CHA)

  • Charlatan
  • Criminal
  • Spy
  • Urban Bounty Hunter
  • Black Fist Double Agent
  • Stojanow Prisoner
  • Gate Urchin
  • Secret Identity
  • Shade Fanatic
  • Mulmaster Aristocrat
  • Heretic

History (INT)

  • Knight
  • Noble
  • Sage
  • Clan Crafter
  • Cloistered Scholar
  • Far Traveler
  • Knight of the Order
  • Waterdhavian Noble
  • Vizier
  • Archaeologist

Insight (WIS)

  • Acolyte
  • Guild Artisan
  • Guild Merchant
  • City Watch
  • Clan Crafter
  • Courtier
  • Faction Agent
  • Investigator
  • Urban Bounty Hunter
  • Black Fist Double Agent
  • Hillsfar Merchant
  • Phlan Refugee
  • Anthropologist

Intimidation (CHA)

  • Soldier
  • Dragon Casualty
  • Shade Fanatic
  • Initiate

Investigation (INT)

  • Investigator
  • Haunted One
  • Trade Sheriff
  • Inquisitor

Medicine (WIS)

  • Hermit

Nature (INT)

  • Cloistered Scholar
  • Knight of the Order
  • Ticklebelly Nomad
  • Cormanthor Refugee

Perception (WIS)

  • Pirate
  • Sailor
  • Stojanow Prisoner
  • Hillsfar Smuggler

Performance (CHA)

  • Entertainer
  • Gladiator
  • Mulmaster Aristocrat

Persuasion (CHA)

  • Guild Artisan
  • Guild Merchant
  • Knight
  • Noble
  • Courtier
  • Knight of the Order
  • Mercenary Veteran
  • Urban Bounty Hunter
  • Waterdhavian Noble
  • Hillsfar Merchant
  • Trade Sheriff

Religion (INT)

  • Acolyte
  • Hermit
  • Cloistered Scholar
  • Far Traveler
  • Knight of the Order
  • Haunted One
  • Vizier
  • Anthropologist
  • Inquisitor
  • Heretic

Sleight of Hand (DEX)

  • Charlatan
  • Urchin
  • Gate Urchin
  • Harborfolk

Stealth (DEX)

  • Criminal
  • Spy
  • Urchin
  • Urban Bounty Hunter
  • Iron Route Bandit
  • Phlan Insurgent
  • Hillsfar Smuggler
  • Secret Identity

Survival (WIS)

  • Folk Hero
  • Outlander
  • Far Traveler
  • Uthgardt Tribe Member
  • Dragon Casualty
  • Phlan Insurgent
  • Haunted One
  • Cormanthor Refugee
  • Caravan Specialist
  • Earthspur Miner
  • Archaeologist

Lists by Languages

+2

  • Acolyte
  • Anthropologist
  • City Watch
  • Cloistered Scholar
  • Courtier
  • Faction Agent
  • Heretic
  • Investigator
  • Sage

+1

  • Archaeologist
  • Caravan Specialist
  • Clan Crafter
  • Far Traveler
  • Guild Artisan
  • Guild Merchant
  • Haunted One
  • Hermit
  • Hillsfar Smuggler
  • Knight
  • Knight of the Order
  • Noble
  • Outlander
  • Phlan Refugee
  • Uthgardt Tribe Member
  • Waterdhavian Noble

Draconic

  • Dragon Casualty

Dwarvish, Undercommon

  • Earthspur Miner

Elvish

  • Cormanthor Refugee
  • Trade Sheriff

Giant

  • Ticklebelly Nomad

Netherese

  • Shade Fanatic

Complete Tables of Backgrounds

Players Handbook

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
Acolyte 127 Insight (WIS), Religion (INT) +2 -
Charlatan 128 Deception (CHA), Sleight of Hand (DEX) - Disguise Kit, Forgery Kit
Criminal 129 Deception (CHA), Stealth (DEX) - Gaming set x1, Thieves' tools
Entertainer 130 Acrobatics (DEX), Performance (CHA) - Disguise kit, Musical instrument x1
Folk Hero 131 Animal handling (WIS), Survival (WIS) - Artisan's tools x1, Vehicles (land)
Gladiator 130 Acrobatics (DEX), Performance (CHA) - Disguise kit, Unusual weapon x1
Guild Artisan 132 Insight (WIS), Persuasion (CHA) +1 Artisan's tools x1
Guild Merchant 132 Insight (WIS), Persuasion (CHA) +1 Navigator's tools
Hermit 134 Medicine (WIS), Religion (INT) +1 Herbalism kit
Knight 135 History (INT), Persuasion (CHA) +1 Gaming set x1
Noble 135 History (INT), Persuasion (CHA) +1 Gaming set x1
Outlander 136 Athletics (STR), Survival (WIS) +1 Musical instrument x1
Pirate 139 Athletics (STR), Perception (WIS) - Navigator's tools, Vehicles (water)
Sage 137 Arcana (INT), History (INT) +2 -
Sailor 139 Athletics (STR), Perception (WIS) - Navigator's tools, Vehicles (water)
Soldier 140 Athletics (STR), Intimidation (CHA) - Gaming set x1, Vehicles (land)
Spy 129 Deception (CHA), Stealth (DEX) - Gaming set x1, Thieves' tools
Urchin 141 Sleight of Hand (DEX), Stealth (DEX) - Disguise kit, Thieves' tools

Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
City Watch 145 Athletics (STR), Insight (WIS) +2 -
Clan Crafter 145 History (INT), Insight (WIS) +1 Artisan's tools x1
Cloistered Scholar 146 History (INT) and one from Arcana, Nature, or Religion (all INT) +2 -
Courtier 146 Insight (WIS), Persuasion (CHA) +2 -
Faction Agent 147 Insight and one INT, WIS, or CHA skill as appropriate for your faction +2 -
Far Traveler 148 Insight (WIS), Perception (WIS) +1 Musical instrument x1 or Gaming set x1
Inheritor 150 Survival (WIS), and one from Arcana, History, or Religion (all INT) - Gaming set x1, Musical instrument x1
Investigator 145 Insight (WIS), Investigation (INT) +2 -
Knight of the Order 151 Persuasion (CHA), and one from Arcana; History; Nature; or Religion (all INT) +1 Gaming set or Musical instrument
Mercenary Veteran 152 Athletics (STR), Persuasion (CHA) - Gaming set x1, Vehicles (land)
Urban Bounty Hunter 153 Two from Deception (CHA); Insight (WIS); Persuasion (CHA); and Stealth (DEX) - Two from Gaming set x1, Musical instrument x1, or Thieves' tools
Uthgardt Tribe Member 153 Athletics (STR), Survival (WIS) +1 Artisan's tools x1 or Musical instrument x1
Waterdhavian Noble 154 History (INT), Persuasion (CHA) +1 Gaming set x1 or Musical instrument x1

Curse of Strahd

http://dndadventurersleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Curse-of-Strahd-Backgrounds-v1.1.pdf

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
Black Fist Double Agent 2 Deception (CHA), Insight (WIS) - Disguise kit, and either Artisan's tools x1 or Gaming set x1
Dragon Casualty 3 Intimidation (CHA), Survival (WIS) Draconic One of eight tools, based on your origin
Iron Route Bandit 5 Animal handling (WIS), stealth (DEX) - Gaming set x1, Vehicles (land)
Phlan Insurgent 6 Stealth (DEX), Survival (WIS) - Artisan's tools x1, Vehicles (land)
Stojanow Prisoner 8 Deception (CHA), perception (WIS) - Gaming set x1, Thieves' tools
Ticklebelly Nomad 9 Animal Handling (WIS), Nature (INT) Giant Herbalism kit

From the core book:

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
Haunted One 209 Two from: Arcana (INT); Investigation (INT); Religion (INT); and Survival (WIS) Exotic Language +1 -

Rage of Demons

http://dndadventurersleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Hillsfar-Regional-Character-Options.pdf

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
Cormanthor Refugee 5 Nature (INT), Survival (WIS) Elvish Artisan's tools x1
Gate Urchin 6 Deception (CHA), Sleight of Hand (DEX) - Musical instrument x1, Thieves' tools
Hillsfar Merchant 7 Insight (WIS), Persuasion (CHA) - Vehicles (land), Vehicles (water)
Hillsfar Smuggler 8 Perception (WIS), Stealth (DEX) +1 Forgery kit
Secret Identity 9 Deception (CHA), Stealth (DEX) - Disguise kit, Forgery kit
Shade Fanatic 10 Deception (CHA), Intimidation (CHA) Netherese Forgery kit
Trade Sheriff 11 Investigation (INT), Persuasion (CHA) Elvish Thieves' tools

Elemental Evil

http://dndadventurersleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Mulmaster-Bonds-and-Backgrounds.pdf

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
Caravan Specialist 2 Animal handling (WIS), Survival (WIS) +1 Vehicles (land)
Earthspur Miner 3 Athletics (STR), Survival (WIS) Dwarvish, Undercommon -
Harborfolk 4 Athletics (STR), Sleight of Hand (DEX) - Gaming set x1, Vehicles (water)
Mulmaster Aristocrat 5 Deception (CHA), Performance (CHA) - Artisan's tools x1, Musical instrument x1
Phlan Refugee 6 Athletics (STR), Insight (WIS) +1 Artisan's tools x1

Plane of Amonkhet

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
Dissenter 11 Special Background Feature - -
Initiate 8 Athletics (STR), Intimidation (CHA) - Gaming set x1, Vehicles (land)
Vizier 10 History (INT), religion (INT) - Artisan's tools x1, Musical Instrument x1

Tomb of Annihilation

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
Anthropologist 191 Insight (WIS), Religion (INT) +2 -
Archaeologist 192 History (INT), Survival (WIS) +1 Cartographer's tools or Navigator's tools

Plane of Innistrad

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
Inquisitor 12 Investigation (INT), Religion (INT) - Thieves' tools, Artisan's tools +1

Ruins of Mezro

Name Page Skills Languages Tools
Heretic 28 Deception (CHA), Religion (INT) +2 -

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